Sunday, May 14, 2017

A Look at the Presidential Candidates in Iran

The road to presidency is underway in Iran.  In total, there are six candidates running to become president and all are older men.  The candidates are either principlists, which are strict conservatives, or reformists, which are known to be more modern.  One of the candidates is the current President of Iran, Hassan Rouhani.  The article states that no president has ever lost re-election in Iran.  However, it will be interesting to see if this will continue to hold true with regard to other recent elections that took people by surprise.  Along with an apparent shift toward populism elsewhere in the world, Rouhani has received much criticism toward his dealings with the U.S.  Also running is the vice president, a prosecutor, a mayor, a former culture minister, and an ex leader of sports organization for the country.  The article also says that unlike elsewhere in the middle east, the votes of Iranian people matter and make a difference toward the outcome.  Voting is set to take place on Friday.

Elena Vela

No comments: